D is for digraphs, doubles and disappearing
Letter combinations (digraphs)
─dg─, usually placed before an e, i, or y, sounds like j.
badge, dodgy, judge, wedge, widget
─dh─ is pronounced with a silent h.
English words with double consonants are inconsistent, so there is no reliable rule.
Usually, a double-d serves to signal that the preceding vowel is short rather than long.
buddy, hidden, ladder, wedding
bade, fade, hide, laden, wide
Sometimes a single d acts as a double-d.
body, credit, educate, study
Three-letter words ending in d usually have a short vowel.
bad, fad, hid, lad, wed
Silent or disappearing Ds
The letter D may or may not be silent or slurred in some words, depending on the dialect of the speaker.
sandwich, Wednesday, handsome
How many words can you think of with double d‘s? Say them out loud.
Now, find similar words with only one d. Does the vowel sound different?
Where do the words, dhow and dhoti, come from?